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Left Coast Writers®: Matti Friedman - Spies of No Country (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Presented in Partnership with JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

The four spies at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, conceived during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders in Palestine. Intended to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage and assassinations, the unit consisted of Jews who were native to the Arab world and could thus easily assume Arab identities. In 1948, with Israel’s existence in the balance during the War of Independence, our spies went undercover in Beirut, where they spent the next two years operating out of a kiosk, collecting intelligence, and sending messages back to Israel via a radio whose antenna was disguised as a clothesline. While performing their dangerous work these men were often unsure to whom they were reporting, and sometimes even who they’d become. Of the dozen spies in the Arab Section at the war’s outbreak, five were caught and executed. But in the end the Arab Section would emerge, improbably, as the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel’s vaunted intelligence agency.

Spies of No Country is about the slippery identities of these young spies, but it’s also about Israel’s own complicated and fascinating identity. Israel sees itself and presents itself as a Western nation, when in fact more than half the country has Middle Eastern roots and traditions, like the spies of this story. And, according to Friedman, that goes a long way toward explaining the life and politics of the country, and why it often baffles the West. For anyone interested in real-life spies and the paradoxes of the Middle East, Spies of No Country is an intimate story with global significance.

Matti Friedman’s 2016 book Pumpkinflowers was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and as one of Amazon’s 10 Best Books of the Year. It was selected as one of the year’s best by Booklist, Mother Jones, Foreign Affairs, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history. A former AssociatedPress correspondent, Friedman has reported from Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. Friedman grew up in Toronto and now lives with his family in Jerusalem. 

 

Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616207229
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 5th, 2019

Award-winning writer Matti Friedman’s tale of Israel’s first spies has all the tropes of an espionage novel, including duplicity, betrayal, disguise, clandestine meetings, the bluff, and the double bluff--but it’s all true.

The four spies at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, conceived during World War II by Brit


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Left Coast Writers®: Michael Fitzgerald - Devil’s Pipeline (San Francisco Store)

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 6:00pm

In The Devil's Pipline by Michael Fitzgerald, a mega-energy conglomerate collides with a pacifist farm community in a quiet corner of Iowa where the community's founder and his family have been seeking solitude and tranquility since witnessing the famous Kent State University massacre in 1970.As the company pushes a huge pipeline directly through their farm, even pacifists will eventually push back.A tragic skirmish kicks off a rollercoaster of explosive confrontations at the farm, in courtrooms and across a wide political and industrial landscape from Washington D.C. to California.Chronicling the tragedy and misdeeds is Jack Stafford, editor of The Clarion News Syndicate and his staff of ardent environmentalists with a long history of uncovering misdeeds by energy companies, secrets it want to keep hidden from the public. Eventually the investigative journalists discover the pipeline is not what it seems, opening the door on a closet of nasty secrets buried for decades by the CEO of the energy corporation.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781730975073
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Published: Independently Published - November 22nd, 2018

A mega-energy conglomerate collides with a pacifist farm community in a quiet corner of Iowa where the community's founder and his family have been seeking solitude and tranquility since witnessing the famous Kent State University massacre in 1970.As the company pushes a huge pipeline directly through their farm, even pacifists will eventually push back.A tragic skirmish kicks off a rollercoaster


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Left Coast Writers®: Carol Sheldon - A Sleuth in The Summer of Love (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

As a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1967, Gwen Harris is supposed to just report on the phenomenon known as the Summer of Love, where peace and love are the mantras. But murder? Kidnapping? Gwen can’t just stand by. In A Sleuth in the Summer of Love by Carol Sheldon, Gwen's efforts to discover the guilty and rescue the innocent lead her to be caught up in a web of events which threaten her relationships and -- eventually -- even her life.

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781730878459
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Published: Independently Published - November 16th, 2018

As a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1967, Gwen Harris is supposed to just report on the phenomenon known as the Summer of Love, where peace and love are the mantras. But murder? Kidnapping? Gwen can't just stand by. In her efforts to discover the guilty and rescue the innocent, she is caught up in a web of events which threaten her love relationship and eventually, even her liife.


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Left Coast Writers®: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Ann Steiner - "Publishing and Beyond" Panel (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and author Ann Steiner for a panel entitled "Publishing and Beyond." For more information, visit www.leftcoastwriters.com.

 

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$35.95
ISBN: 9781782205616
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Published: Routledge - May 31st, 2018

This easy-to-use manual is recommended for leaders of all types of groups - discussion groups, peer support, organizations, and workplace teams. You'll find discussion of the different types of groups, leadership styles and roles.


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Left Coast Writers®: Wanderland Writers - A Winter in Wanderland (San Francisco Store)

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and the Wanderland Writers for a special evening entitled "A Winter in Wanderland." For more information, visit www.leftcoastwriters.com.

 

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Left Coast Writers®: Judy Bebelaar & Ron Cabral - And Then They Were Gone (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Of the 918 Americans who died in the shocking murder-suicides of November 18, 1978, in the tiny South American country of Guyana, a third were under eighteen. More than half were in their twenties or younger. "And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers from Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown" begins in San Francisco at the small school where Reverend Jim Jones enrolled the teens of his Peoples Temple church in 1976. Within a year, most had been sent to join Jones and other congregants in what Jones promised was a tropical paradise based on egalitarian values, but which turned out to be a deadly prison camp. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the late 1970s, And Then They Were Gone draws from interviews, books, and articles. Many of these powerful stories are told here for the first time.

Judy Bebelaar taught English and creative writing in San Francisco public high schools for 37 years. She has received national recognition for her success in helping students find joy in writing their lives. Her poetry has been published widely. Her chapbook, Walking Across the Pacific, was published in 2014 by Finishing Line Press. Her poems appear in three anthologies: Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down (Scarlet Tanager Press, 2012); The Widows’ Handbook (Kent State U. Press 2014); and in River of Earth and Sky (Blue Light Press, 2015).

Ron Cabral, a native of San Francisco, entered teaching in the San Francisco Unified School District in 1965 and became a Middle School principal in 1992. He served 35 years in that capacity, finally retiring in 2002. Ron met Judy Bebelaar, a fellow teacher, in 1969 at Opportunity 1, where he taught Urban Problems, Music Appreciation, Journalism, Drugs and Society, and Radio Production. He also managed and coached the school baseball team. He later transferred to Wilson High School in 1978. Ron is married with three grown children and five grandsons. He lives in Contra Costa County.

 

And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780998709680
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sugartown Publishing, Crockett, CA - April 9th, 2018

Of the 918 Americans who died in the shocking murder-suicides of November 18, 1978 in the tiny South American country of Guyana, a third were under eighteen. More than half were in their twenties or younger.


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Left Coast Writers®: Sivani Babu & Sabine Bergman - Adventure 2019! (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

Featuring Hidden Compass editors Sabine Bergman & Sivani Babu.

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Sivani Babu is the co-founder and Creative Director of Hidden Compass. She is an award-winning writer and photographer who has contributed work to such organizations and publications as BBC Travel, CNN, Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Photographer, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Expressions — the North American Nature Photography Association’s annual showcase of the best nature photos. Sivani is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied economics and education policy, and of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She served as an eighth grade math teacher with Teach for America before becoming a trial attorney. Ultimately, her love of adventure and storytelling took her away from a career as a federal public defender and sent her sailing across the Drake Passage to Antarctica, chasing storms through Tornado Alley, searching for polar bears in the Arctic, and road tripping across the United States with a former teacher of hers from high school.

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Sabine Bergmann is the co-founder and Editorial Director of Hidden Compass. As an award-winning travel, science and nature writer, she contributes stories to publications such as Sierra Magazine, Bay Nature Magazine, California Magazine, WIRED, Geographic Expeditions, Ethical Traveler, The Best Travel Writing series and others. Sabine is a Stanford University-trained environmental researcher and community coordinator who has worked on conservation projects from the Amazon Basin to the Great Barrier Reef. She has battled dengue in the Peace Corps, mountain biked from the Andes to the Amazon, and inadvertently partnered with cocaine-smuggling fishermen in the Caribbean. As an editor, she has shaped more than 200,000 words of creative nonfiction for publication. Sabine is currently at work on her first book, Jaded Altruism: How Persistence, Not Perfection, Will Create a Better World.

 

 

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Left Coast Writers®: Wanderland Writers - Wandering in Cuba (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

Once again Wanderland Writers head south to explore—this time to Cuba, an island country that has paid a high price for self-determination:  revolution, isolation and hardship. But somehow this nation and its amazing people continue to reinvent themselves and fascinate us with their marvelous creativity and vitality. In Wandering in Cuba: Revolution and Beyond, work from Linda Watanbe McFerrin, Joanna Biggar, and more take readers from city to countryside, enjoying the history, the rhythms, the tastes, the sights, and the soul of this intriguing island nation. Everywhere, of course, we encountered its Revolution and recorded our understanding of its triumphs and failures. We met and wrote about traditional Cuba: its heroes—José Martí, Fidel, Che, Hemingway—and its enduring culture as found in food, music and its African-based religion, Santería. But we also experienced Cuba in its present reality, beyond the Revolution. We found poets, artists, filmmakers and a whole generation of young people who embrace and are shaping Cuba’s future.

You will meet them here.

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Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.

 

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Left Coast Writers®: Matthew Felix - Porcelain Travels (San Francisco Store)

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

Please join Left Coast Writers® for an uproarious and sometimes rather farfetched evening with Matthew Félix as he debuts his latest book, Porcelain Travels.

Matthew Félix is not a luxury traveler. But even traveling on a budget fails to explain why he has so many unforgettable experiences on the toilet, in the tub, or under the shower.From Matthew’s unorthodox bathing practices in Paris and Istanbul to his nightmare while squatting in Morocco to the Dead Sea shower incident that led to an arrest, Porcelain Travels is sometimes hilarious, occasionally shocking, and always entertaining.

Matthew Félix is an author, podcast producer and host, and traveler. Adventure, humor, and spirituality infuse his work, which often draws on his time living in Spain, France, and Turkey, as well as travels in over fifty countries. Matthew’s debut novel, A Voice Beyond Reason, is the story of how a young Spaniard’s awakening to his intuition gets him out of his head, so he can follow his heart. Matthew’s travel-story collection, With Open Arms, recounts his humorous and harrowing experiences on two trips to Morocco. His video podcast, Matthew Félix On Air, features guests discussing writing, travel, culture, and more. Matthew has also produced three podcasts based on his books.

 

Porcelain Travels: Humor, Horror and Revelation In, on and Around Toilets, Tubs and Showers Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780997761924
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Published: Solificatio - November 11th, 2018

His unorthodox bathing practices in Paris. The Dead Sea shower incident that led to an arrest. The nightmare while he was trapped on a bus without a bathroom in Anatolia, his retelling of which won Gold for Humor in the 2018 Solas Awards. Maybe it's Matthew's no-frills approach to experiencing the world that gets him into situations that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes cringeworthy.


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Left Coast Writers®: Judy Bebelaar - And Then They Were Gone (San Francisco Store)

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 6:00pm

Of the 918 Americans who died in the shocking murder-suicides of November 18, 1978, in the tiny South American country of Guyana, a third were under eighteen. More than half were in their twenties or younger. "And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers from Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown" begins in San Francisco at the small school where Reverend Jim Jones enrolled the teens of his Peoples Temple church in 1976. Within a year, most had been sent to join Jones and other congregants in what Jones promised was a tropical paradise based on egalitarian values, but which turned out to be a deadly prison camp. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the late 1970s, And Then They Were Gone draws from interviews, books, and articles. Many of these powerful stories are told here for the first time.

Judy Bebelaar taught English and creative writing in San Francisco public high schools for 37 years. She has received national recognition for her success in helping students find joy in writing their lives. Her poetry has been published widely. Her chapbook, Walking Across the Pacific, was published in 2014 by Finishing Line Press. Her poems appear in three anthologies: Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down (Scarlet Tanager Press, 2012); The Widows’ Handbook (Kent State U. Press 2014); and in River of Earth and Sky (Blue Light Press, 2015).

 

 

And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780998709680
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sugartown Publishing, Crockett, CA - April 9th, 2018

Of the 918 Americans who died in the shocking murder-suicides of November 18, 1978 in the tiny South American country of Guyana, a third were under eighteen. More than half were in their twenties or younger.


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